Epson

Hall 5 Stand A01

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Epson
Sunao Murata, COO, Professional Printing Operations Division, Epson. Photo PSA

With five zones on its stand – prepress, sign and display, label, copy shop, and technology – Epson will showcase a wide range of products at drupa. This includes the new SC-S range in the sign and display zone, the ColorWorks C7500 desktop label printer in the label zone, and the new wide-format SC-P20000, which is aimed at personalization for the copy shop zone.

Epson will unveil significant new features on its multifunction 36-inch and 44-inch aqueous SureColor SC-T printers with integrated scanners which combine to deliver impressive new levels of functionality and productivity for applications where hard copies are scanned to file and printed. These include the fastest in-class print and scan speeds at 34 cm a second in grayscale and 15 cm a second in color; a new high-speed ‘production’ mode for images on photo glossy type media; 150 mm rolls; high-capacity 700 ml ink containers; and versatile scanning up to 30.4 metres long.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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